|FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson (left), FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin and FIBA Europe Treasurer Jan Berteling during the Board meeting in Malta|
There was a long list of items in the agenda of the FIBA Europe Board, who convened in the Mediterranean island of Malta this weekend, in their first 2011 session.
The Board received an update on the preparations of the year's two most prestigious Championships, EuroBasket 2011 and EuroBasket Women 2011. It also reviewed a proposal by the Slovenian Basketball Federation regarding the EuroBasket 2013 dates.
The European Basketball Federation's executive body approved the Bid Dossier for the EuroBasket and EuroBasket Women of 2015 and 2017 and finalise the date for the assignment of those tournaments - this will now take place in Munich, on 18th December 2011.
The session also discussed a number of FIBA Europe projects already in the pipeline, including Basketball 3-on-3, the FIBA Europe Universitas and the FIBA Europe Techno Centre (Technology Centre) and reviewed the Federation's various commercial agreements.
"This was a great opportunity to examine the state of affairs of our current and future projects," FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson said after the session. "We are grateful to the Basketball Federation of Malta for the great location and hospitality."
"This was without any doubt one of the busiest Board meetings ever since the creation of FIBA Europe," commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin. "But this can only be good news. While more projects mean more work for everyone involved it is also a further indication that FIBA Europe's quest to advance and develop the game gathers pace."